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Blacksmith Shop On Wheels Parade Float
Ray Swiderski, Willingdon, Alberta, started working in a blacksmith shop back in 1942 and, although he later got into the farm equipment salvage business, in the back of his mind he always wanted to have his own complete blacksmith shop. This year he finally put one together, mounting it on a flatbed trailer so he could take it around and show people.
"We took it to 7 parades last summer and we won first prize 6 times and took second prize at the other one. People love seeing the equipment operate," says Swiderski.
He started with a new IH flatbed trailer and started bolting equipment to it including: heavy blacksmith grinding stone, trip hammer, regular blacksmithing forge, anvil, wet stone, vice, cross-cut saw, axe and draw knife, rim shanker, and other miscellaneous equipment.
"It takes five people to operate the float. One on the trip hammer, one on the forge, one at the grinding stone, a candy girl to throw treats to the crowd, and a truck driver to pull it. A stationary IHC 5 hp. water cooled engine provides power to the trip hammer and grinding wheel," says Swiderski.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ray Swiderski, Box 383, Willingdon, Alberta Canada TOB 4R0 (ph 403 367-2722).


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1993 - Volume #17, Issue #6